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Jennifer Denbow - Visiting Scholar at UC Davis

Dec 4, 2020

Dr. Denbow is working as a visiting scholar at UC Davis.


She has joined a group of scholars at UC Davis to cover topics with the theme "Beyond Health". For more information please click here.

Congratulations 2020 Graduates

Jul 1, 2020

Congratulations Cal Poly POLS and MPP class of 2020!!

We are so proud of all your accomplishments! We wish we were able to celebrate with you! We want you to keep in touch. Remember we are your network! Reach out to the political science alumni board members as well, they are also there to help you! We wish you the best!

POLS-MPP Commencement Video

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Cal Poly Mock Trial is Heading to the "Playoffs"!!

Cal Poly Mock Trial is Heading to the "Playoffs"!!

Feb 25, 2020

After a successful showing at Regionals Cal Poly Mock Trial is Heading to ORCS!

Cal Poly Mock Trial teams receive accolades at AMTA tournament

Feb 4, 2020

Cal Poly Mock Trial sent two teams to compete at the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) regional tournament on February 1, 2020.

POLS 440 SB 467 Assembly Committee Hearing

Jun 12, 2019

The California State Assembly, Higher Education Committee, Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

To view the California State Assembly Committee Hearing for SB 467, please click here. If the video doesn't load, click here and jump ahead to 1:00:02.

Political Science Major Selected for Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program

May 9, 2019

Political Science Major Selected for Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program

Christine LamA political science major seeking a career in public service is Cal Poly’s 2019 representative to the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program, which gives students the opportunity to work and study in Washington, D.C. Christine Lam will spend two weeks in August training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, followed by 11 weeks in the nation’s capital working full time in the office of a congressional representative. Her studies include classes in American politics (with an emphasis in public policy) as well as science and risk communication. The 19-year-old junior from San Francisco is among 25 students from around the Golden State selected for the program this year. Participants were nominated by their respective campus presidents. Lam is a first-generation college student. She plans to graduate in two years and earn a master’s in public policy by 2022. “My goal is to become a legislative aide or policy analyst where I can create policies that help underrepresented groups,” she said. “I hope to create policies that increase equity and access to resources.” Lam is the 19th Cal Poly student to participate in the Panetta Institute program since 2001. Read the full news release.

From the Cal Poly Report - May 8, 2019

State Senate passed SB467 on a 37-0 vote

Apr 29, 2019

The State Senate passed SB-467 on Thursday, April 25. 

POLS 440 Students Present SB-467 to the CA State Legislature

Apr 3, 2019

POLS 440 students presented their Senate Bill (SB-467) to the California Legislature on April 3. Be sure to watch the video footage of SB-467 and read SB-467.

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Cal Poly Model UN in New York

Apr 3, 2019

Cal Poly Model UN recently attended a Model UN Conference in New York. They presented the country of Guatemala and met with UN delegates.

The conference organizers invited one student from each university to give a 30 second speech on one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Professor Arceneaux used a lottery to select their representative, Owen Lemm, as shown in the video below.

Cal Poly Model UN speaking in New York


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POLS Faculty Discuss Midterm Elections on KCBX Radio

Jan 11, 2019

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Political Science and Public Policy Professors, Chris Den Hartog, Ph.D., and Michael Latner, Ph.D., as they discuss the consequences of the Midterm elections, a New Congress and President Trump’s next two years and its importance to the Central Coast. Be sure to listen here.


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